Did Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks Save the CMAs?

The award show’s ratings have been suffering for the last couple of years and definitely needed a boost.

Beyoncé (center) performs onstage with the Dixie Chicks at the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.
Beyoncé (center) performs onstage with the Dixie Chicks at the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

When the news surrounding Beyoncé’s Country Music Association Awards performance made its rounds, some racist die-hard fans weren’t too happy that the R&B singer would appear on their beloved low-rated show.

I assumed Beyoncé’s appearance would give the show the ratings boost it needed, especially since it was up against the World Series. I also realized that the show wasn’t going to give people what they wanted right away when it came to the actual time Beyoncé would perform.

And, of course, the show didn’t.

After everyone sat through the first half of the award show, whose opening was filled with dry-ass Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump jokes done by the hosts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, finally, the moment that half of social media was waiting for happened.

Also including the Dixie Chicks, the red-headed stepchildren of country music, Beyoncé’s performance of “Daddy Lessons” was spectacular. And it was apropos, since it’s an actual country song and there are lyrics about guns. We all know how they love their guns.

The Dixie Chicks have raved about Beyoncé’s Lemonade album all year while on their own tour, so the collaboration didn’t come as a shock to many people. Lead Dixie Natalie Maines said the album was a masterpiece, and the group has been performing “Daddy Lessons” while on tour.

Of course, the Dixie Chicks appropriately shaded the award show with a few lyrics. After being snubbed for their anti-George Bush rant at a concert in London in 2003, they were banned from country music radio. Singer Martie Maguire sang a snippet of their song “Long Time Gone,” which more than likely was a direct reference to the group’s being back on the scene: “They sound tired, but they don’t sound Haggard/They’ve got money but they don’t have Cash/They got Junior but they don’t have Hank/I think, I think, I think … ”

During the performance, the audience members were on their feet. Some faces did look a little sour, but Matthew McConaughey’s face and the enjoyment he showed was priceless and very Wolf of Wall Street.

Take a look at Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ performance below:

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